Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921): A Quick Review

Kapoor and SonsAt the outset, Kapoor and Sons is a simple story of a dysfunctional family aptly headed by the evergreen loverboy of the Bollywood- Kapoor clan: Rishi Kapoor. He plays Daddu, a retired armyman with an obsession for Mandakini from RTGM and gradually graduates to online porn. Though he plays a soon to be nonagenarian, he still retains his ‘Bobby’ charm and acts with effortless ease inspite of donning a makeup that must have required him atleast a couple of hours to apply.Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921): A Quick Review”

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review: All Very Real and Heartfelt, Sans the Needless Drama

What if I tell you that Bollywood has been mostly lying to you all these years? Don’t kill me. But, then I guess we all know about it – at least subconsciously, at the back of our heads. The Hindi film world’s portrayal of quintessential ‘Indian family’ and its ‘values’ has been so typical and utopian that it makes you cringe in your seat a little. I mean there is nothing wrong in portraying a ‘happy family’ with set spaces for parents, grannies, children and a puppy may be, but Bollywood should take the blame for serving us more of the same, so much of so that you may start believing that nothing, absolutely nothing can ever go wrong with your parivaar! Really?Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review: All Very Real and Heartfelt, Sans the Needless Drama”

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review : A Wistful Narration

One must admit this about Shakun Batra, he is one of the few directors in Bollywood, alongside Sriram Raghavan, Shimit Amin and Bejoy Nambiar, who can capture even the most mundane of surroundings and give it a refreshing twist. His debut feature, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu combined the craft of Wes Anderson, and the feel of Woody Allen, and while the influence of 2 Days in Paris was quite evident, it was a refreshing take on the rom com genre, and also contained one of Kareena Kapoor’s finest performances. Therefore, in his sophomoric effort, when he takes on the dysfunctional family trope centred around the aged patriarch’s 90th birthday, the family reunion, and the ensuing chaos, combined with an ensemble cast, one cannot help but be intrigued at how it shall all come to pass.Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review : A Wistful Narration”

Potential Gen X Remakes of Memorable Amitabh Bachchan Hits?

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his roles in action movies like Zanjeer, and for hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, had garnered popularity with audiences as the “angry young man” in a series of successful Bollywood Films. He may get a lot of compliments for working round the clock with energy equal to any young actor, but the legendary actor hates the “exaggerated praise” people pour on him. As the Bollywood Shehanshah turns 73 today, here are are a few of his memorable movies which perhaps could be remade with these Gen X stars:-

AB Feature- Ali Fazal !

  1. Sholay — We all know how the attempted remake of Sholay by RGV failed at the B.O. However think about how it would be when two live wires Arjun Kapoor and Ranvir Singh go on to re-creating the magic on 70 mm in their style.
  2. Kabhie Kabhie – One of the most romantic film which we have ever seen in Bollywood, will make us fall in love again if its remade but with a hint of the new age romance angle. Who would be better than the Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan to essay the role along with the handsome hunk Ali Fazal.
  3. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – A chaotic comedy riot essayed by the comic timing of Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan
  4. Dostana –  A friendship – love triangle saga timed in todays era remade with Aditya Roy Kapoor & Sushant Singh Rajput…. Are you already thinking on how it would look on the celluloid?

Brothers: A Quick Review

Brothers PosterBrothers- the official remake of ”Warrior”- sees Akshay Kumar in one of his best and intense roles. But trying to strike the balance between Bollywood and Hollywood, the director Karan Malhotra gets confused and gives us a mediocre version of what could have been a big blockbuster.Continue reading “Brothers: A Quick Review”

Brothers Movie Review: Mother of Yawns and False Dawns

I haven’t yawned this much while watching a film in a long long time. Yes, Brothers is a rare gem of a film in that sense. But, I have had this feeling of ‘when will this film end’ for so many other Hindi films that have released this year. Brothers is truly run-of-mill in that sense.

Karan Malhotra, the director who gave us the commercially successful but perennially boring remake of the 90s cult classic Agneepath, comes back with another remake in form of Brothers (official remake of 2011 Hollywood film Warrior and does exactly what he has done before – he bores us to death. Okay, near death (conceding the fact that I am still alive to write this review). At times, I struggle to respond to those ever-inquisitive souls who come up to you after you have watched a film and ask you – how was it? A film like Brothers makes your job easier– you can simply say ‘boring’ and the answer shall perfectly suffice.Continue reading “Brothers Movie Review: Mother of Yawns and False Dawns”

Ek Villain Movie Review: Bad Story About Bad People

Ek Villain PosterNow I haven’t “Seen the Devil” so it is not possible for me to compare Ek Villain with the original it rips off blatantly. From what I have read online, the original is a brilliantly made thriller that is gory but still riveting. With Ek Villain, we have a watered down (read Indianised) version sans the gore and overt sexuality. Should work, like some rip offs have in the past one would say.

Unfortunately as a stand-alone story being told to first timers in the audiences (which there are many since the Korean original is not known beyond the connoisseurs of world cinema, or pyscho gore, or both; you get the point) Mohit Suri’s love story of a Villain is a train wreck of a script that is marginally redeemed by passable performances and a memorable musical score.Continue reading “Ek Villain Movie Review: Bad Story About Bad People”

Hasee Toh Phasee Movie Review: Old Love New Bottle

Hasee Toh Phasee PosterRom-com is a much maligned genre in Hindi cinema. Mainly cause of the fact that 99 percent of films we make are love stories. So to carve out a niche of a romantic comedy ( an alien concept borrowed heavily from Hollywood) is a tough task. I mean how does one differentiate it from the same thing? Right?

Wrong. Thanks to the Chopras and Johars of the world, we have a new genre that encompasses everything that dreamy Bollywood stands for and merges it with the new age (read imported) sensibilities of love and its myraiud definitions in the new age. The New Age Rom-com is alive and kicking, with Hasee toh Phasee being the latest jewel in its nascent crown.Continue reading “Hasee Toh Phasee Movie Review: Old Love New Bottle”